Sappi Scottburgh MTB & Trail Running
Weekend Media Service
19 June 2018
Written by: Nick Tatham
White excited by Scottburgh MTB challenge
Scottburgh – This year’s tenth anniversary edition of the Sappi
Scottburgh MTB & Trail Run Weekend from 21-22 July will see 2017’s
runner-up Tyronne White looking to reclaim the title that he last won in
2014 against what is expected to be a stacked field.
With the South African Cross Country Championships taking place in
Bloemfontein on the Saturday, there will be a scramble down the
escarpment by riders that are hoping to claim their share of the
valuable Quattro ROAG Series points on offer on the KZN South Coast.
White, who won the Holla Sugar Rush Classic this past weekend, is
finding some good form on the bike and despite a disappointing Sappi
Karkloof Classic recently he feels that he is developing the right
formula to get him results.
“I find that if I don’t put any pressure on myself, like I did at
Karkloof and I battled there, then I perform so much better,” the
Ballito Bicycling Company rider said.
“Finding that enjoyment again has been the key to me doing well I think.
I am just really having fun on the bike during training and when I race
which is helping me perform better at race time.
“I think training with Andrew Johnstone has also helped and we look
forward to training and that attitude is taken into races too.”
White currently leads the ROAG Series following his victory this past
weekend, however he believes that the competition that he is up against
will put him under a lot of pressure if he wants to claim the overall
“There are some really strong riders in the ROAG Series and they are all
searching for some points so I think they will be back for Scottburgh.”
When asked about the quality of riders in KZN White confidently said
they were amongst the best in the country.
“Some guys talk about how few opportunities they get when the top guys
are back in the province but I think that can only be good for riding in
“Historically we have had some of the top mountain bikers come from KZN
and to be able to learn from them is a bonus for us guys who might not
travel anymore for races outside the province.
“It keeps you on your toes because you are always racing against fast
riders,” he explained.
The Scottburgh MTB tends to hold a soft spot in the hearts of a lot of
the top-end riders and White is no different as he looks forward to
another exciting 45km dash along the South Coast.
“Flavio (Scarpa) and his team put in so much effort to put on the race
every year and we know that he has had his battle with the weather in
the past,” White chuckled. “But the single track is always great and it
isn’t a walk in the park, there are some tough sections which make for
hard, honest riding.
“There is something that will challenge all riders from your beginner to
the elite which is what you want from a mountain bike race,” White
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Tyronne White will be hoping to recreate his 2014 triumph at the
upcoming Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run weekend's 45km MTB marathon
on Sunday 22 July.
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